I'm really interested in how psychedelics and their alkaloids do what they do. I'd really like to get a graduate degree in organic chemistry with a focus on alkaloids or a subdivision thereof. But, I'm worried about how I'd make a living by studying things or things similar to things that are illegal. Anything I created would be made illegal in the US as a designer drug as soon as I published anything on it and someone decided to use it for non-research purposes. Is there any research being done in this area or am I going to have to move to the Caribbean or South America if I want to research stuff like this? I'm a senior in high school, so I'm asking because I'm trying to decide what I want to do in college. What I'm not is some hippie kid that just wants to get high or trip; there's plenty of natural ways to do that. My goal is just to understand how simple chemicals can break reality in such profound ways. EDIT: Title should be: Organic Chemistry: Is there any research on psychedelics anymore?